Stage: Kevin Hart

Plus: "Hamlet" opens at Cowles Center.


Updated 5/14/2015

FRIDAY

Kevin Hart

In 2001, a tiny fraction of the world met Kevin Hart as a minor TV character in Judd Apatow’s beloved yet brief campus comedy “Undeclared.” But since 2014, the world has been unable to escape the megastar comic, who has snared five leading film roles, including blockbuster buddy flicks “Ride Along” (with Ice Cube) and “Get Hard” (with Will Ferrell). The 35-year-old Philadelphian is still loyal to his stand-up roots, as evidenced by his 45-city What Now? tour. (Answer to the tour’s query? Continue to mint cash — Billboard reported in March that Hart’s comedy tour was on track to become the highest-grossing ever.) Onstage, the charismatic firecracker balances deeply personal anecdotes with slice-of-life observational bits. Hart somehow finds time to star in BET’s “Real Husbands of Hollywood,” currently gearing up for its fourth season. (7 p.m. Fri. $39.50-$109. Target Center, 600 1st Av. N., Mpls. 612-673-0900 or www.axs.com.) Jay Boller

 

OPENING

‘Hamlet’

Theatre Unbound presents William Shakespeare’s classic with an all-female cast. “In Shakespeare’s day, all the characters were played by men,” says Stacey Poirier, Theatre Unbound artistic director. “We’re returning the favor.” Director Leah Adcock-Starr has set the story amid a traveling troupe that remains on stage as part of the play’s theatricality. Kathryn Fumie plays Hamlet and the cast includes Laura Mahler, Muriel Bonertz and Bethany Ford Binkley. This is Theatre Unbound’s third all-female Shakespeare, following “The Tempest” and “Julius Caesar,” which won an Ivey. (7:30 p.m. Sat., 2 p.m. Sun., 7:30 p.m. Mon. & next Thu.-Fri. Ends May 31. JSB Tek Box at Cowles Center, 528 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls. $18-$20. 612-206-3600 or www.cowlescenter.org.) Graydon Royce

 

OPENING

‘From Darkness’

Nimbus director Josh Cragun wrote and helms this new play about the rise of abstract expressionism. The characters include Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning. The dramatic engine is fueled by a marginalized talent, and a forgery. Cragun explores how artists borrow and learn from each other and where the tipping point of fraud begins. The cast includes Nimbus regulars Heidi Berg and Zach Morgan and Art Peden. (8 p.m. Sat., 3 p.m. Sun. Ends June 14. Nimbus, 1517 Central Av. NE., Mpls. $10-$18. 612-548-1380 or www.nimbustheatre.com.) Graydon Royce

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